Becco Appiccicoso - Italian for 'Stickybeak', Australian slang for a 'busybody' or 'nosey neighbor'. As a verb: to have a look, to investigate. By chance we met famed Tuscan-based Alberto Antonini in his Victoria, Australia vineyard and, recognizing a kindred spirit, soon after flew to Italy to have a 'stickybeak' at his 40-year old Cerreto Guidi vineyards in Tuscany.
In the heart of Tuscany, between Florence and Pisa, lies the small commune of Cerreto Guidi. Here, the vineyards enjoy a Mediterranean influence and the soils are riddled with remnants of sea life that afford minerality and complexity to the 40-year old vines of Sangiovese and Merlot. Blended with a dollop of spicy Syrah from nearby Maremma, our first vintage of Stickybeak Toscana is a generous, yet structured blend.
After a late September/early October harvest, we left the grapes to it - fermentation triggered by wild yeast, gentle punch downs, racks & returns during the 10-20 day process. The varietals are kept separate during their 18-month maturation before final blending and bottling - unfined and unfiltered.
Wonderful lifted red fruit and light herbs on the nose, with a good palate and tight clean acidity. Tart cherry typical of Tuscan Sangiovese melds seamlessly with luscious Merlot and a hint of spice from the Syrah. Drinks beautifully now, and will only get better with a little bit of age.